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The Russian Orthodox Church says it supports Moscow's role in the ‘holy war’ against terrorism in Syria

The Russian Orthodox Church has expressed its support for Moscow's new bombing campaign in Syria, saying the battle against terrorism is a "holy battle."

"This decision is consistent with international law, the mentality of the Russian people, and the special role that our country has always played in the Middle East," a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox church, Vsevolod Chaplin, said earlier today.

According to Chaplin, Russia cannot stand by idly, as Christians and other social groups are "exterminated" in Syria. 

“The fight against terrorism is a holy battle, and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world in this fight. And this isn't because we have a self interest in the battle, but because terrorism is immoral,” Chaplin said.

Interfax-Religion

On September 30, Russia's Senate unanimously authorized President Putin to use military force to aid Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who formally requested Russian assistance. Kremlin officials say Moscow will limit its assistance to air strikes, ruling out ground operations.